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Siemens invests in SPSU to support production of mechatronics engineers
To support SPSU’s efforts to answer the increasing industry demand for trained mechatronics professionals, Siemens Automation has provided the Mechatronics Engineering Department with a $225,000 grant for undergraduate education and donated approximately $250,000 in laboratory equipment.


The equipment donation includes a plastic injection molding system, nine manufacturing automation training systems and SIMATIC Step7 automation and control software tools for the SPSU Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory.


Prof. Emeritus Glenn Allen noted that this is the most recent instance in which Siemens has supported high-tech education through SPSU. The company has been a sponsor and booster of the annual Georgia BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) high school competitions hosted by SPSU.


“Siemens is the kind of responsible company that recognizes the impact of education in the science and technology fields on our state’s and our nation’s economies,” said Prof. Allen.


Another mechatronics professor, Erhan Ilksoy, noted that, thanks to Siemens’ set-up assistance, in-class presentations and instructor training, the donated lab equipment made a smooth transition into the Engineering Technology Center. “This was a great example of industry-university collaboration,” he said.